Critic reviews and ratings

  • ...is a gut wrenchingly haunting and scary reminder in the age of smart phones, sleek wheels, social media and unknown neighbors that relationships and parenthood are not just photo sessions and get together moments.

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  • Go watch the film for a story that totally differs from the usual escapist fare that Bollywood dishes out, doesn’t have a known name as the lead and yet manages to keep you engaged...

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  • This unusual thriller has all the elements you'd expect from a film that can attain cult status. In all fairness, the story does throw up a few nail-biting moments, too. But the inconsistent writing and direction by Vinod Kapri robs the movie of its desired impact.

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  • Despite its shortcomings, Pihu is an experiment worth encouraging.

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  • While you are in awe with how they managed to make a 2-year old single-handedly hold our interest through the film, Pihu is still a 90-minute long Public Service Announcement for making houses child proof.

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  • ...hopes to give you a taste of how it would be if your minor was left at home alone without adult supervision for an entire day. But given the low voltage jolts in this one, your chances of suddenly dropping dead in a screen near you are less likely.

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  • ...Vinod Kapri has delivered a bona fide suspense thriller that doubles up as a parenting lesson. Effective, yes, but also unsettling? Always.

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  • Kapri’s debut feature, Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho, was marked by the same tendency to bite off more sociological profundities than he could chew.

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  • ...rests on a very novel idea but the long length and certain unconvincing and disturbing developments act as spoilsport.

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  • As the minutes tick Kapri's urban horror show becomes familiar. When the focus turns to unseen adult voices, the script's weaknesses are apparent.

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  • The script is so visibly manipulative that it’s difficult to stay invested.

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  • It’s neither a compelling cautionary tale about bad parenting or a sufficiently responsible thriller. The film revels in making you flinch and squirm and cringe. That’s just mean-spirited.

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  • The set-pieces are intriguingly imagined, but they mesh oddly, and entire sequences, like unmatched pieces of Lego, refuse to fit into each other. 

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  • The idea — of anything in a house being a potential threat — could have been made into a watchable short film, but this is feature-length torture, where the viewer is made aware that they must sit through more than ninety minutes of a helpless and endangered child, despite knowing that nothing can really happen to her before the end.

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  • It becomes an exploitative film when the filmmakers put a child in harm's way, making everyone in the audience hold their breath.

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  • Deliberately designed, repetitive, predictable and emotionally manipulative, Pihu is cinema at its most duplicitous.

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